Will my teeth shift after Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
Wisdom teeth are commonly known for being problematic for many patients. Either they are too far back in the mouth to be properly cleaned, putting the patient at risk of developing gum disease, or they are impacted and “stuck” in the jawbone and need to be surgically removed. Wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, are the last teeth to come through the gum line between the ages of 17 and 25 for most patients. The Harvest Hills Dental Care team can advise patients in the East Gwillimbury, Ontario area if they are in need of wisdom teeth removal. We can also answer questions regarding what to expect after extraction, including the possibility of teeth shifting.
How are wisdom teeth removed?
The removal method for these third molars will vary depending on the patient’s unique situation. If a patient’s wisdom teeth have already erupted and have been difficult to keep clean, removal may be done to prevent problems such as decay, gum disease, and other oral infections from occurring. This is taking a proactive approach to one’s future oral health. Surgical wisdom tooth removal may be recommended if a patient has an impacted wisdom tooth, which means it lacks the room to erupt through the gum line and is trapped in the jawbone. This is a more invasive surgery that requires the dentist to access the tooth underneath the gum line to remove it. Surgical extraction requires more recovery and downtime than simple extractions.
Will my teeth shift after extraction?
In most cases, patients will not experience teeth shifting after extraction. However, there may be slight changes in the bite, which is more common in patients who had impacted wisdom teeth that placed pressure against the remaining teeth. Talk to your dentist about your specific situation to determine if shifting may be a relevant concern.
Are you in need of wisdom teeth removal?
Working with our team at Harvest Hills Dental Care is the first step in learning more about the possibility of extracting wisdom teeth. We can field questions you might have about this procedure. Call our office at (365) 659-1008 to request a consultation appointment at 181 Green Lane E #2 in East Gwillimbury, Ontario.
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